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Colorado Springs Will Present Its Bid For Two Major 2012 International Sports Events

23 Jan, 2011


A delegation from the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation is on its way today to Erzurum, Turkey, to present a formal bid on January 25 to the International University Sports Federation (FISU) that would bring two major international sports events to the city in the summer of 2012.

The Sports Corp bid team, led by El Pomar Foundation CEO & Chairman and USOC President Emeritus Bill Hybl, with Stan Brassie, Secretary General of the U.S. International University Sports Federation, Colorado Springs Sports Corporation Chairman Dave Palenchar and Sports Corp President and CEO Tom Osborne, will make its presentation to the FISU Executive Committee with the goal of winning the right to host the 2012 World University Championships in Softball and Boxing.

If the Colorado Springs bid is successful, the events will bring several hundred athletes, officials and technical delegates from as many a 30 nations to the city.

The events are part of a schedule of 33 winter and summer World University Championships to be conducted in 2012, the largest number in FISU history. The Championships would feature elite student-athletes between the ages of 17 and 28.

The bid will be presented by the Sports Corp with the support and coordination from the USIUSF, United States Olympic Committee, UCCS, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and El Pomar Foundation.

"This is a significant effort and would build upon our city's respected reputation as a superb host for amateur sports events," said Hybl. "Colorado Springs and the state of Colorado have a proud legacy of support for the Olympic family and scores of amateur sports events and these new events would be a welcomed addition to our city's spectacular menu of world-class sports events."

The Boxing events, for men, would be held at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs' 1,300-seat Gallogly Events Center and Softball, for women, conducted at the University's outstanding Four Diamonds Sports Complex, which has hosted several NCAA Division II playoffs, with a permanent seating capacity of 800.

FISU World University Championships
A series of important FISU events in addition to its World University Winter and Summer Games (Universiade) are the World University Championships. The spreading of the university sport in the world created a new series of meetings and competitions to complete the program of the Universiade. FISU supports the competitions which represent the continuity of university sport and allows the federation to be better known. In 2004, FISU organized 25 World University Championships that attracted 4,845 participants from a total of 186 (of which 90 different) countries. In 2006, FISU staged 27 WUCs attracting 5,852 participants from a total of 209 (of which 90 different) countries and for 2008, 29 WUC were attributed bringing together 6,652 participants from 229 countries (of which 90 different). For 2010, 29 WUC are attributed. WUC Sports Program: Archery - Badminton - Baseball - Beach Volleyball - Bridge - Chess - Cross Country - Cycling - Equestrian - Flat Water Canoeing - Floorball - Futsal - Golf - Handball - Field Hockey - Karate - Match Racing - Orienteering - Rowing - Rugby 7 - Savate - Sailing - Shooting - Softball - Squash - Taekwondo - Triathlon - White Water Canoeing - Waterskiing - Weightlifting - Woodball - Wrestling.

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